Track and Field


Written by Mark Winitz.

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NAPA, Calif. — March 1, 2015 — Two-time Kaiser Permanente Napa Valley Marathon winners Chris Mocko and Devon Yanko ascended the winners platform yet again at today’s 37th Annual Kaiser Permanente Napa Valley Marathon. Mocko, age 28, of Folsom, Calif., who previously won the race in 2011 and 2012, emerged victorious in the men’s race with a time of 2 hours, 23 minutes, and 6 seconds. Yanko (née Crosby-Helms), 32, of San Anselmo, Calif. dominated the women’s field after previously emerging victorious at the Napa Valley Marathon (NVM) in 2007 and 2012. The winners headed a sold-out field of 3,000 entrants who were greeted by blue skies, little wind, and ideal temperatures in the low 40s F rising to around 60 degrees F by the 6-hour finish cut-off time.
In the men’s race, a threesome composed of Mocko, 2013 NVM men’s champion Kevin Pool (Folsom, Calif.), and Ron Young (Reno, Nev.) navigated the early miles of the rolling, point-to-point 26.2 mile course from Calistoga to Napa together, hitting the 6-mile split in 33:19. Young soon fell off the pace to an eventual seventh place finish as Mocko and Pool proceeded in lockstep, hitting halfway 13.1 miles) in 1:12:25 and 18 miles in 1:38:55.

Loxsom sets American record on final day at USATF Indoor Championships

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BOSTON -- An American record in the men’s 600 meters and a world-leading women’s shot put highlighted an exciting final day of the USATF Indoor Championships at the Reggie Lewis Center on the campus of Roxbury Community College. Saturday and Sunday attendance totalled 6,091 for the event broadcast live on USATF.TV and NBCSN.
Casimir Loxsom (Seattle, Washington) was in command from the gun in the men’s 600m, sprinting to the front and passing 200m at 23.76 and 400m at 48.26 to close for the American Record and the win in 1:15.33. He clocked the fourth-fastest time ever and was a quarter-second better than his own AR set Jan. 24 at Albuquerque. Behind Loxsom, Mark Wieczorek (Seattle, Washington) had the fastest final lap overall at 26.59, and he grabbed second in 1:16.07.

Records Broken and Wanamakers Won at the NYRR Millrose Games

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NEW YORK -- Two American records, a world masters record and two U.S. victories in the famed NYRR Wanamaker Mile highlighted Valentine’s Day races at the 108th NYRR Millrose Games at the New Balance Track & Field Center at the Armory.

Brycen Spratling(Webster, New York) set a new 500m Armory record, an American Indoor record and an all-time world best, finishing in 1:00.06 to bring down the 28-year-old U.S. record of 1:00.17, set by Ken Lowery in 1987.

“I didn’t know I was on pace [for the world best],” Spratling said. “Early on in the race, I really wanted to go :59, but if that’s the best time ever in the 500m, then I’m okay with it.”

In the men’s NYRR Wanamaker Mile, it was a battle between Matt Centrowitz (Eugene, Oregon) and New Zealand’s Nick Willis. The pace was fast early on, with rabbit Mark Wieczorek (Gig Harbor, Washington) setting a quick tempo for the field. Centrowitz and Willis broke away from the pack and kept up a strong pace, as Centrowitz edged Willis for the victory in 3:51.35.

Redemption for Jenny Simpson at New Balance Indoor Grand Prix

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BOSTON -- Jenny Simpson brought the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix to an exciting close on Saturday, Feb. 7 at the Reggie Lewis Center on the campus of Roxbury Community College.
With two laps remaining in the New Balance women’s two mile, Simpson (Boulder, Colorado) extended her lead for a confident win in 9:18.35 to set a new American Record. 
In the men’s 1,000m, Matthew Centrowitz (Eugene, Oregon) finished in 2:17.00 for a new meet record ahead of Pat Casey (Eugene, Oregon) in 2:18.30 and Eric Sowinski (Iowa City, Iowa) in 2:19.12. Centrowitz’s time is the second-fastest ever by an American.

Wealth of Champions Return to NYRR Wanamaker Mile

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NEW YORK CITY -- Eight-time champion Bernard Lagat and defending champion Mary Cainwill star in the NYRR Wanamaker Mile at the 108th NYRR Millrose Games on Saturday, Feb. 14, it was announced Monday

The NYRR Millrose Games, part of the USATF Championship Series, will be presented live on NBCSN from 6-8 p.m. ET, featuring the NYRR Wanamaker Miles, the girls’ NYRR Fastest Kid on the Block, and more. Fans can also catch the excitement on the live webcast all day beginning at 2 p.m. EST

Lagat will chase his ninth event victory and the masters indoor world record of 3:58.15 against defending champion Will Leerand 2012 champion Matthew Centrowitz. Cain, racing in front of her hometown crowd, will face three of her teammates—Shannon Rowbury, Treniere Moser, and Jordan Hasay—in an attempt to become the first woman since 2009 to win back-to-back NYRR Millrose Games titles at the distance.